Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WINTER HARVEST is crewing up

Winter Harvest Film Crew Positions Needed

Winter Harvest

Director: Jason Ahlquist

Executive Producer: Diane Frkan

Written by: Jason Ahlquist

Shooting Tentative November 2009

"Winter Harvest will be fiercely Michigan made movie about family bonds, misplaced bigotry and horrible evil in surprising places."

***Low Budget with goal of a Distribution contract and festival/convention screenings***

Credit only for Cast & Crew, and compensation of Food & Lodging available

Winter Harvest Promo Blurb

After years of political turmoil, and nuclear strikes which usher a new ice age, starvation and global hunger challenge humanity's survival.

The residents of Winter Harvest, a community of vagabond survivors face another long and bleak winter with very little to eat. In an instant, a mysterious force is unleashed. Bringing terror and fear and soon, transforms the entire community around Andy, a doubt-riddled father who is now tested with even more tribulations.

Pursued by the shambling creatures that were once his neighbors through the dark, cold night, Andy must fight to save his family from this terrifying force that threatens to swallow the whole world. Will the morning bring Andy to salvation or will the night consume him forever?

Winter Harvest Summary

Winter Harvest takes place in a near-future setting. The year is never mentioned, but it can't be too far off judging from the cultural artifacts seen in the film. America is currently experiencing an ice age that is the result of the one-two punches of global warming and nuclear winter.

The nuclear winter comes from two minor nuclear wars that happened one year after the next. The action takes place in two major locations - "The Orchard": a secret military research center somewhere in Montana. And "Winter Harvest" a subdivision of McMansions in southern Michigan. All locations are set to be filmed in Michigan.









Co-Producer/Production Manager

Supervises the physical aspects of the production (And some creative aspects at the discretion of the Producer) including personnel, technology, budget, and scheduling. It is the Co-Producer's responsibility to make sure the filming stays on schedule and within its budget. The Co-Producer also helps manage the day-to-day budget by managing operating costs such as production costs, and everyday equipment rental costs as appropriate. S/he also helps with the raising of any funds including crafting the investor plan. It's a major job for an ambitious and organized person with the time and energy to do it right. Will work with the Executive Producer and Director closely.

Location Coordinator

Locates and secures locations specifically needed for Exterior and Interior shots. Knowledge of subdivisions, loft spaces are helpful and farmland/woods. This will be a winter shoot tentatively starting in November and with a 3 month schedule on long weekends, pick-up shots and keep in mind with the winter weather.

Assistant Director

Assists the Co-Producer and Director. The ultimate aim of the AD is to ensure the film comes in on schedule while maintaining a working environment in which the Director, principal artists (actors) and crew can be focused on their work. He or she is in charge of overseeing the day-to-day management of the cast and crew scheduling, equipment, script, and set. The AD may also be responsible for directing background action for major shots or the entirety of relatively minor shots, at the director's discretion. And s/he operates the clapper slate.

Key Grip The main responsibility of a grip is to work closely with the Cinematographer / Lighting designer to put in the lighting set-ups necessary for a shot. Responsible for moving and adjusting major set pieces with the Lead Set Dresser or Art Director when something needs to be moved to get a camera into position.


Assembles the various shots into a coherent film, with the help of the Director. Must have knowledge of Final Cut Pro. Adobe After Effects and Blender or other 3d animation software a plus.

Script Supervisor

Keeps track of what parts of the script have been filmed and makes notes of any deviations between what was actually filmed and what appeared in the script. He or she makes notes on every shot (and takes digital pictures of), also keeping track of props, blocking, and other details to ensure that continuity is maintained from shot to shot, and from scene to scene. The Script Supervisor's notes are given to the Editor to expedite the editing process. The script supervisor works very closely with the Director on set, and Art Director.

Make-up and Hair Leads (2 spots)

Works with Production Supervisor, FX Supervisor and ultimately Art Director on implementation of hair and makeup for actors.

Sound Designer / Recording Technician

Head of the sound department on set and in post production, responsible for recording all sound during filming. This involves the choice and deployment of microphones, operation of a sound recording device, and sometimes the mixing of audio signals in real time. In post production will work with Director and Editor to ensure sound quality and create audio FX / Foley sounds.

FX Assistant

Works with the FX Supervisor on special visual effects. Helps design and executes practical effects on any shoot.

Stunt Supervisor and Safety Marshal

Where the film requires a stunt, and involves the use of stunt performers, the stunt coordinator will arrange the casting and performance of the stunt, working closely with the director and FX supervisor. Is also responsible for overall safety on the set, including the securing of all weapons and explosives. First Aid knowledge a must - certification in First Aid, CPR and firearms training a plus. Will also work with the Set Moms on cold related health issues. The movie is called Winter Harvest after all.

Wardrobe Supervisor

Maintains, assists, and coordinates Wardrobe for Cast. Responsibilities might include, help with wardrobe shopping, cleaning of costumes, light mending/repair if need be and work with the Director, Art Director and Special Costumer to set the character’s wardrobe.

Craft Services Coordinator

A combination of Craft Services and Set Mom's. Primary function will be the running of the green room, green tent or green van as appropriate and assisting with cast & crew.

Production Assistants (6 -8 spots)

Helps or assists cast & crew in various tasks such Grip, Gaffer, Security, Set Dressing, Transportation, Craft Services, Wardrobe, Special FX, Hair & Make-up, carrying or lifting light to heavy objects, getting coffee, or Red Bull ( for the Executive Producer), light administrative work, or other Production Responsibilities.

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